Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cake for Breakfast

My children had birthday cake for breakfast.
Lisa was here and made a cake for him (Lizzy would have also been happy to do it), even though he told us he would not be able to come. We were hoping, which was unreasonable of us because he works from noon to 10:00 p.m. Friday through Monday. We will save him a piece for a day or two, just in case he shows up. It looks moist and delicious, but I cannot tell you how good it was because I did not have any.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Fruit and Oat Squares

Fruit and Oat Squares

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup uncooked quick oats
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 3/4 cup apricot, cherry or other fruit flavor preserves


Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in medium bowl; mix well. Add butter; stir with fork until mixture is crumbly. Reserve 3/4 cup crumb mixture for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture evenly onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Spread preserves over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into 16 squares.

YIELD Makes 16 servings

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Poached Eggs

My husband loves poached eggs.
I have been poaching eggs in a pan of boiling water for years. But I never like doing them that way because it's a bit messy. So, I bought this sweet little egg poaching pan.
You boil about 1/2 inch water in the pan. Butter the cups. 
Place eggs in cups and cook until desired firmness (approximately 2 min.)
Use center knob to carefully lift eggs from pan. (Be careful not to burn yourself.)
Place egg on toast or English muffin. 
I like my eggs yolky.

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Wonderful Holiday Weekend

We had a great holiday weekend. Friday my husband cooked delicious Passover lamb on the grill. Saturday he barbequed chicken - he removes the skin (which I like because it’s fewer calories and the meat gets all the seasoning), brushes it with his oil and seasons mixture, grills it and finishes it off with K.C. Masterpiece barbeque sauce. Sunday he cooked our Easter ham on the grill, as well.

My husband cooks all the major meat dishes in our house (I do sausage or bacon, but that’s about it.) I leave the meat to him because he is an expert. Relaxing in the backyard when he is grilling makes me feel as though I am on vacation.

We colored eggs Easter morning and enjoyed a pleasant holiday breakfast with our children. The weather could not have been more perfect. This year, we did not get an Easter lily, but my husband bought me an orchid instead.
I hope all of you had a pleasant Easter, too.

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